Prostate cancer is often initially symptom-free.
Later symptoms may include increased frequency of urination, urinary incontinence, weak urinary flow or pain during urination, erectile issues or pain as well as recurrent pain in the hips, thighs or lower back.
Risk factors include age (older than 65), family history – a father or brother with prostate cancer doubles your risk, a sedentary lifestyle and a diet high in red meat and dairy products.
Diet can play a role in both the development and progression of prostate cancer. For example, lycopene found in tomatoes may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetable4s such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage has been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer and reduce the risk of advanced prostate cancer.
In the case of Prostate cancer treatment options will depend on your PSA value (from a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test), Gleason score (a measure of how well differentiated cells are via a core needle biopsy) and tumour stage (based on a digital rectum exam, MRI, CT or bone scan) and symptoms experienced. Serum acid phosphatase, testosterone and Chromaganin A levels may also be assessed.
If it is a low risk cancer your oncologist may suggest ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ over surgery or radiotherapy.
The ReMed Ancora team provides an individually tailored, integrative and supportive program designed around your specific situation. It is an adjunctive care model meaning we work alongside your conventional treatment. The Ancora team only works with patients that are seeing an oncologist and following their recommendations.